Cherry is a fast-paced tale of the perils of addiction, war, psychosis and struggle. Nico Walker penned the novel, his debut, amidst his 11-year prison sentence for bank robbery (of which he’s now serving the final two years). The tale begins with woeful scenes of an unnamed narrator selling shoes and drugs to get by. A nice, middle-class upbringing morphs into a life of deception and bone-deep addiction.
A beloved documentarian of style, Bill Cunningham captured generation after generation through honest, fashion-oriented photography until his passing in 2016. This, his memoir, was typewritten and tucked away—only to appear now in his beautiful, clever voice. Accompanying the text are many images by the photographer and milliner. It’s an intimate self-portrait of glamour, bohemia and pursuing one’s dreams.
Fatimah Asghar encapsulates her experiences as a Pakistani and Muslim woman living in the USA in her glorious book of poems: If They Come for Us. Asghar (also a co-creator of the award winning web-series Brown Girls) explores identity, race, sexuality, loss and violence through thoughtful and tender prose. Each piece seems to blossom. Inventive, powerful, and entirely beautiful, Asghar’s poems enthrall.
More than a collection of cannabis recipes, Bong Appétit: Mastering the Art of Cooking with Weed is a comprehensive guide to cooking with marijuana. There’s information about the science of infusing cannabis, extracting THC and even what to do if you get too high (apparently chewing a few black peppercorns can help). Of course, there are plenty of recipes—from a white negroni to braised short ribs to strawberry shortcakes—too. Across 256 full-color pages, the MUNCHIES editors explore marijuana politics, strains, dosages, dishes and much more.
If anyone has ever sought evidence in support of the social and sentimental importance of wristwatches, look no further than A Man and His Watch: Iconic Watches and Stories from the Men who Wore Them. Photographer, style editor and watch collector Matthew Hranek ventured around the globe in search of stories—and watches—that reflect the accessory’s value. And from Bill Murray’s Timex Indiglo to James Bond’s “Buzz Saw” Rolex from Live and Let Die, they’re cataloged in this book along with 100 original images. It’s a entertaining read for enthusiastic watch-lovers.
Barbara Kingsolver’s newest novel Unsheltered is a daunting tale of sudden and unfortunate loss—not death or theft but uprooting. The tale follows two families as they face losing jobs, caring for ill family, keeping up with an outdated home, parenthood and more. Though the two live in different centuries, their problems aren’t so different. A must-read for fans of Kingsolver’s stunning The Poisonwood Bible.
Exploring an American obsession—dead (predominantly white) girls in the media—Alice Bolin’s debut book of essays Dead Girls is insightful and smart, but accessible. Through the lens of TV (from Twin Peaks to Pretty Little Liars) and books (by Joan Didion, Khadija Queen and James Baldwin) as well as film and more, Bolin outlines not only society’s fixation on dead girls, but also the resulting implications. Through 14 essays, she delves into gender, race, misogyny, traditional concepts of masculinity and femininity, and more. Both objective and personal, this book is an important read for anybody who has enjoyed the morbid entertainment of what Bolin calls “Dead Girl stories” in pop culture.
Liviana Prola, research scientist at the Department of Veterinary Science at Turin University and pet nutrition consultant for pet-food companies, penned the ultimate guide to weening your dog off commercial foods and toward a healthier diet. In Feed Me: 50 Home Cooked Meals for your Dog, Prola delves into the basics of feeding dogs, why home-cooked meals are better, and (obviously) offers recipes for 50 meals. Dishes like Cornmeal with Surf and Turf or Tartare Trio sound like they’ve been pulled from a high-end restaurant’s menu, but they’re made specifically for pooches. Plus, the recipes are relatively simple and each has an adjacent nutritional breakdown to understand exactly what your pup gets out of it.
The latest work of fiction from the award-winning writer Michael Ondaatje (author of The English Patient), Warlight explores mysterious, murky and stark developments in the lives of teenage siblings Nathaniel and Rachel. Their parents leave London for Singapore in the midst of World War II, and unexpected, remarkable characters then fill the void. It’s an adventure—and a powerful, mesmerizing one at that.
From unlikely infusions to at-home blending, author and whiskey expert Aaron Goldfarb has accumulated numerous tips and tricks for furthering one’s relationship with the popular tipple. The best of the best appear in Goldfarb’s latest book, “Hacking Whiskey,” in the form of recipes, experiments, advice and tips. As ever-more consumers flock to bourbon, rye, scotch and beyond, Goldfarb’s guidance makes consumption all the more personal—and extra exciting.
“200 Women: Who Will Change The Way You See The World” profiles its subjects by asking them the same five questions: “What really matters to you? What brings you happiness? What do you regard as the lowest depth of misery? What would you change if you could? Which single word do you most identify with?” Their answers are indicative of their experiences, but their responses will inspire, empower, and in some instances infuriate—thanks to the structures they (and all women) have to navigate.
Alex Prager’s newest book “Silver Lake Drive” is a collection of cinematic mises-en-scène. The 224-page hardcover serves as a solid summation of her style—strange, beguiling and sometimes unnerving. The collection of images span several stages: from her early “Polyester” series to her striking “Face in the Crowd” collection—which was shot on a Hollywood sound stage.
From Serena Williams to Marlene Dietrich and Virginia Woolf, 60 powerful women provide the inspiration for cocktail recipes in Jennifer Croll’s cocktail book “Free The Tipple.” Including vivid illustrations from NYC-based artist Kelly Shami, the book truly celebrates icons across many disciplines. And Croll does a superb job of tying the drinks’ ingredients back to the inspiration, whether it’s the use of earthly components (like beets) for Marina Abramović or champagne for Coco Chanel.
With a section dedicated to Ren Hang, “Strange Plants III” also features work by 50+ other artists. Published by independent house Zioxla, this 164-page book (like those before it) celebrates plants in art—in weird and wonderful ways. From oil paintings of the foul-smelling corpse flower to a poodle sculpture made from vines, the work within is made for anybody who understands nature is, itself, an artwork.
Graphic novelist Pénélope Bagieu grew up idolizing mostly men, but it was—as she found out—not because there were few women role models for her, but just less visibility. Through plenty of wit, charm and inspiration, Bagieu’s “Brazen: Rebel Ladies Who Rocked the World” shows young people (and those who need a reminder) that there are and were plenty of inspiring women doing brave and significant things all over the world. From Naziq al-Abid to Nellie Bly, Mae Jemison, Josephine Baker and others, these women provide hope and motivation—perhaps at a time we need it most.
From the mind of SF-based artist Brion Nuda Rosch, this second edition of the Fluxus coloring book (based on the art movement of the same name) features 12 new designs for readers to scribble, sketch and color in—or leave as is. The minimal but thoughtful 12-page zine is more or an “anti-coloring book” with lots of white space and just a few abstract shapes scattered throughout. Certainly an activity book for those with creative minds.
From two of the three Beastie Boys themselves—AD-ROCK (Adam Horowitz) and Mike D (Mike Diamond)—comes a wildly comprehensive retrospective on the iconic trio. Telling the tale of how they—of course with the beloved MCA who passed away in 2012—went from teen punk rockers when they formed in 1981 to hip-hop legends (with a few stops via jazz, funk, experimental and more along the way) the “Beastie Boys Book” also features contributions from Amy Poehler, collaborator Spike Jonze, Luc Sante and others. In addition to the memoir components and rare photos, the tome features a graphic novel, a map of Beastie Boys’ New York, cookbook and more. The book is as much of an amalgamation as the band itself.
Famous for his Bar Tartine burger, chef Chris Kronner is somewhat obsessed with perfecting the great American food. Available to pre-order now, Kronner’s debut book “A Burger to Believe In: Recipes and Fundamentals” includes more than just recipes; it also takes a dive into the philosophy, magic and art of the burger. The hardcover is also full of bold designs and colors that avoid the somewhat cliché style that have permeated cookbooks over the past few years.
Possessing more than 2500 of the world’s rarest and most spectacular pigments, The Straus Center for Conservation and Technical Studies at the Harvard Art Museums has an undeniably stunning collection of color. With 200 color illustrations, this special edition of “An Atlas of Rare + Familiar Colour” explores these pigments as artifacts—explaining their origins, compositions, uses and symbolism in a fascinating and visually striking hardback.
At age 17, Stanley Kubrick joined the staff of Look magazine as a photographer. Long before he’d make some of the most important films in cinematic history, he captured thousands of humanist imagery that captured New York City in the mid-1940s. Now, 300 of these images appear in Taschen’s “Through a Different Lens: Stanley Kubrick Photographs” and they more than allude to the genius that was soon to unfold. The book’s release coincides with an exhibition of the same name at the Museum of the City of New York, running 3 May through 28 October.
With some 350 images of as many products, this new hardcover explores design in the USSR from 1950 to 1989 in an interesting peek behind the Iron Curtain. From kids’ toys to posters and electronics, these everyday items each have a tinge of kitsch while often being avant-garde at the same time. It’s a remarkable look into not only everyday life in the USSR at the time, but also the Moscow Design Museum’s collection.
Edited by Catherine Lord and Richard Meyer, the lush PHAIDON tome “Art and Queer Culture” is a comprehensive exploration of 125 years worth of everything from fine painting to scrapbooks and activist posters. With queer culture its central focus, the art within spans themes pertaining to gender, identity, eroticism, pornography and so much more. Including 290 images, several essays, and numerous documents, this book is a fascinating look at a very significant and ever-evolving culture.
Author of the excellent essay collection “The Empathy Exams,” Leslie Jamison has written a book that’s part memoir, part literary criticism and part cultural history study in “The Recovering: Intoxication and Its Aftermath” (out next week, but available for pre-order now). The story proves that our understanding of addiction is narrow, and that the road to recovery can be as tumultuous (if not more) than the dramatic throes of addiction itself.
Onigiri artist Yujia Hu makes wildly detailed sneaker-shaped sushi from iconic designs like Air Jordans, Chuck Taylors, Stan Smiths and more. First creating the little treasures in his family’s restaurant Sakana Sushi in Milan, Hu is now sharing all his tricks and tips to make sneaker sushi at home. These recipes and techniques are outlined in Shoeshi, the artist’s debut book. Price is in British Pounds.